Integrated Writing Task
TPO 1 Four-day Workweek
Independent Writing Task
One of your classmates needs help with some schoolwork.
Which solution would you recommend?
1. ask you for help;
2. find a professional tutor for help.
Asking professional tutors for help has always been recommended to students, because tutors can provide the most precious solution indeed. However, tutors are unlike watches that are wrapped around your wrists. There are times in which tutors are not available. Under such circumstances, I would say that if my classmates need help with schoolwork, turning to me for help could also bring merits.
To begin with, asking me for help can get perspectives from a peer student, which can be different from that of a tutor. People in diverse positions see the world differently. Even tutors are professional in expertise of knowledge itself, and they may try whatever they can to imitate the way of thinking of a student, they still cannot understand a juvenile student the way I do, simply because they are not students anymore. Sometimes a student gets stuck not by the knowledge, but by their bizarre way of thinking.
Furthermore, more interaction between classmates enhances the relationship. Establishing and maintaining relationship with people around is vital in daily life, and helping a classmate provides the opportunity. Asking classmates for help lengthens the time you spend together, and solving problems side by side will make you consider your partner reliable: “if we could solve this together, we could solve other problems as well”. Naturally, your relationship expands from study to other fields of interest, and that is how friends are made.
Lastly, providing help with schoolwork also facilitates my own study. Helping a classmate is more like a win-win situation, because both parties could benefit. Mastering the knowledge requires not only that you can understand the knowledge, but also that you can explain the matter unambiguously to others. While understanding the knowledge means that you understand the knowledge roughly, briefing the matter to another until they understand ensures that primarily you have to understand the matter in detail, so that you can represent in different ways until the other fully understand. Thus, turning to me for help does me good as well.
All in all, it is undeniably true that asking tutors for help is a good way to study. Meanwhile, let us not forget that your fellow students could also benefit you in the course of study.